Find out about Sophie Barnes’ Latest Romance + Giveaway!December 31, 2013
Introducing Rebecca and Daniel
In the second installment of the At The Kingsborough Ball series, Lady Rebecca has spent two years trapped in the tower room of Roselynn Castle, pretending to be mad so she can thwart her aunt and uncle’s attempts to marry her off to a doddering old earl or a lecherous duke. Her creativity and fondness for theatrics shine through right from the beginning as she plots to find a husband on her own terms. She knows what she wants (a respectable match with a man who will stand by her, protect her and be faithful, even though she’s resigned herself to a loveless marriage), but when circumstance leads her in a different direction and straight into the arms of a rake, she’s determined to make it work.
Her optimistic spirit and outgoing demeanor are nothing short of impressive, considering everything she’s been through, but it’s also these characteristics that will prove an asset in her escape from a future she strives to avoid. That said, there are a couple of moments when even her high spirits are momentarily quashed when a positive outcome seems hopeless, and she has many doubts about joining forces with a renowned rake, however charming he may be, but she’s also the sort of person who’s willing to take a risk. What she fears after meeting Daniel however, is that the risk of accepting his offer to help, will not only lead her toward an uncertain future with a man she barely knows, but that she might actually lose her heart to the charming scoundrel – a man she’s not the least bit sure she can trust.
A struggle definitely lies ahead for this woman who was orphaned when her parents perished in a fire many years earlier, but just as she’s done since then, she turns to her watercolors and to Shakespeare whenever she needs to distract herself from the difficulties of her situation.
Daniel Neville, heir to the marquisate of Wolvington is not the sort of man any parent or guardian would wish their daughter to marry. A renowned rake, he gambles excessively, parades his paramours shamelessly around London and hosts scandalous parties that only the most debauched members of the ton would dare attend. When his uncle threatens to cut him off without a penny unless he reforms and gets himself married, he finds it impossible to propose to anyone when no young lady will dare speak with him. But Lady Rebecca is different, for although she’s concerned for her reputation, she’s far more focused on finding a man who’s willing to marry her. Daniel knows he’s not her first choice, but when he becomes her only one, he’s determined to convince her to place her trust in him. At first his reasons are purely selfish. All he’s looking to do is secure his uncle’s financial support, but as he gets to know Rebecca, his goals change and he begins caring more about her wellbeing than about his own.
Gradually, the good-natured and kind, selfless gentleman hiding beneath the rakish veneer is brought to the surface, partly because Rebecca makes him want to be a better man, but also because she helps him realize that the choices he makes are his own – there’s nobody else to blame for the mistakes he’s made, no matter how easily he’s placed responsibility for his reprobate lifestyle on a deceitful mother and weak father. Little by little, Daniel’s heart is breached by the exotic raven-haired beauty who asks for nothing but honesty from him. Even so, it will take drastic measures for Daniel to realize he’s fallen in love with Rebecca, but he will have matured tremendously by then, and will have overcome insurmountable odds for her sake alone.
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Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.
She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.
When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
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